Mike Leighton, 57, spent all but two terms of his teaching career at Holy Trinity primary, in Blackburn, the school he attended as a child. He said:
"Occasionally I've come in on crutches because of a sports injury, or lain down on the staffroom floor looking for tea and sympathy, but I suppose I'm quite hardy really, and I never take tablets." He attributed his good health to a love of sport.
Last September, Mr Leighton became head of Intack primary, also in Blackburn.